ARTS & ART THERAPY
What are Arts & Art Therapy? In this forum, Arts & Art Therapy will be curated to reflect the expression of growth and inspiration. Art is a visual representation of the inner and outer world as seen through the eyes of the artist. At All Things Healing, art therapy is curated to reflect the expression of growth and inspiration. Learn more about art therapy – healing art therapy & visual art therapy by visiting us online today!

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(Asst Editor: Karen Adler, Dip TPAT)  Karen Stabley is a speaker, therapist, relationship coach and teacher. Karen is an interactive, solution-focused therapist with a tr...
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by Jenn Bender

St. John of the Cross gave us the term dark night of the soul, but it is a theme that has been written about by almost every great poet and mystic. Love and dark nights of the soul, the two extremes of living...

 

Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: The dark nights of the soul sounds like something that you would want to avoid. These are the parts of the human journey when you lose a loved one or treasured relationship, face career disappointments, aging, illness, or realize the ongoing dissatisfaction with life. This article by Jenn Bender is about honoring these fragile periods in our lives to delve into the souls deepest needs and finding restoration. It is the art of finding meaning and healing.

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: As a literary buff, do you often find yourself trying to find ways to mark the pages of your favorite novel? Here is a great craft to make beautiful and inexpensive bookmarks. It is so easy and it is a fun activity to do with children of all ages.

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Adler: The beauty of visual storytelling. From youtube: "Tales of the 'One In Ten' is a new animated web series based on the real stories of Australian children from disadvantaged backgrounds who struggle daily with the effects of financial hardship. Alice & the Giant Emptiness is a contemporary tale about a young girl living with the burden of disadvantage, who overcomes a negative self-image and the taunts of classmates to live a life full of possibility. Alice & the Giant Emptiness is the first in the Tales of the 'One In Ten' series created to raise awareness of the effects of disadvantage on children.

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Adler: I have always taken the view that art therapy encompasses the use of the arts as opposed to visual art alone. This perspective allows a far more comprehensive view of how the arts are used in healing. Documentary film making is one art form which has a particular power to inform, educate, change and thereby, heal.

The Anonymous People is a documentary film of the recovery movement in mental health and addictions. It sheds light on an area of life which affects a vast number of people in our society.

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Tape transfer is a fun and beautiful way to transfer a favorite image to a more permanent setting. With my clients I like to use blank playing cards to transfer the image and write affirmations. The results are beautiful and make lovely gifts.

 

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by Karen Adler, Dip Transpersonal Art Therapy
ATH Asst. Editor of Arts & Art Therapy

A month or so ago, my life seemed to consist of window cleaning. I was cleaning windows at the Franciscan Monastery in Stroud and I was cleaning windows at a friend’s house down Washpool Road. At both places, I could look through the newly see-through glass to green hills and countryside, the vast vistas of open space and clean air I’ve become addicted to since my escape from the brain-boiling heat of Central Qld and the soul-destroying noise and congestion of Sydney...

 

Editor's Note from Karen Adler: As an art therapist, I combine both art and writing in the form of storytelling. The combination of the two can be immensely effective from a therapeutic perspective. The natural synergy between words and images - think of some of the stunningly beautiful children's books which combine a simple and yet profound story with some of the best art imaginable - enables a deeper level of insight than can be accomplished by using only one form of expression.

Writing, when approached from a therapeutic perspective usually yields a power, richness and depth of imagery and meaning which acts as a powerful catalyst for self-understanding and the possibility of change.

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Adler: Artists are taught that it's 'process not product'. The process of making an artwork can be likened to  psychological processes - mindfulness, breaking through, meaning-making. The artist in this videao, Ivan Vesely, writes, "When I started this painting nothing was working for me. I tried and tried to get the flow but it was not going to happen. I wanted to show that even though you see a finished painting there could be several layers to it. This piece had about 3 paintings within. I literally fought to get it out..."

 

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by Karen Adler, Dip Transpersonal Art Therapy
ATH Asst. Editor of Arts & Art Therapy

Depression effects one in five people. For some, depression is short-term; for others, it is a recurring motif throughout their lives. Depression often causes people to withdraw and become lost in their feelings, whereas art activities offer a means to release negative emotions, reconnect with yourself and with others...


Editor's Note from Karen Adler: After my mother died, and after much struggle, I was finally diagnosed with clinical depression. Courtesy of art therapy processes and incorportaing art into my life on a regular basis, I now strive to work with emotional intelligence rather than battling with my emotions.

 

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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Wow! Sometimes you see something - and I emphasise the word 'see' because I am, after all, an art therapist - that so clearly and simply illustrates something deeply complex, that you 'get it'. This is the case in Dr. Robert Lefever's cartoon on addiction. The material is presented in the simplest form possible - childish drawings - and the voiceover is children's voices. The juxtaposition of the horrors and destructiveness of addiction alongside the imagery and voices of children is the source of the power of this brilliant piece of film making.

 

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by Jo Kelly

I have always done artwork for myself as a child and young person and went to art school to study art in my early twenties after living in Papua New Guinea and being a ceramicist.  However, I found art school frustrating and eventually trained as a teacher with art as my main subject area...

 

Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Art therapy is relatively unknown in Australia. It's not as well-established as it is in the UK or in the US. I came across Jo Kelly via linkedin and she very generously shared information about her work as an rt therapist and her PhD research. Jo hopes that her PhD will add to the body of research regarding art therapy in Australia and contribute to early intervention and mental health options for young people.

 

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From YouTube - 'Picking up a paint brush or decorating a mask is something we often associate with child's play. But it turns out that art-making has the power to do much more. War News Radio's Elliana Bisgaard-Church reports on the healing effects of art therapy for trauma victims, specifically for combat soldiers home from Iraq and Afghanistan.'

 

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The Alternate Selves of the Artist

Sonia Weiss Durga 1929-2008

Art can be used to heal a psyche or express parts of that psyche that have no other avenue of expression. Sonia Weiss Durga's art is a good example of this. She was a deep, complex person with many aspects to her being.

 

 

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